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Ilona Bray is an attorney who gave up the active practice of law to edit and author books and articles for Nolo. Her working background includes both solo immigration practice and working or volunteering as an immigration attorney with nonprofit organizations in Seattle and California.

Top Ten Nolo Articles for 2017

Top Ten Nolo Articles for 2017

Happy New Year! And now, for a quick look back at what Nolo’s online readers were putting first on their reading lists last year. Anyone notice any themes? The ones that seem to stand out are money, money, more money, the inevitable inquiries following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and food. Let’s take a closer look, starting at the top. Will I Get Penalized for Working While Collecting Social Security Retirement? Looks like a lot of people either can’t give up the…

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Cost of Owning a Home Likely to Go Up in 2018

Cost of Owning a Home Likely to Go Up in 2018

Between tax law changes, insurance industry responses to disasters, and fluctuations in the market in general, the finances of owning a home are likely to shift in this new year—and mostly for the worse. Here’s what we’re looking at:  A lower limit has been placed on the amount of mortgage debt a homeowner can deduct interest on—it has gone from $1 million to $750,000. Deducting interest on a home equity loan will be possible only when the loan is used to substantially…

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Is AG Sessions Confusing Denied Asylum Applications With “Fake” Ones?

Is AG Sessions Confusing Denied Asylum Applications With “Fake” Ones?

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions wasn’t short on opinions regarding people who apply for asylum in the United States, as set forth in an October, 2017 speech to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (commonly known as U.S. Immigration Court). Unfortunately, much of the information he presented was baseless or wrong. Let’s start with Sessions’s assertion that the immigration court system is becoming “overloaded with fake claims.” Mr. Sessions provided no source for this information. Indeed, finding statistics on fake claims…

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Five Practical Things EVERYONE Should Know About Trump’s DACA Termination

Five Practical Things EVERYONE Should Know About Trump’s DACA Termination

I was tempted to put this entire title in capital letters, as hysterical as that might look. But for thousands of people in the United States today, the recently announced ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) feels like a true emergency. And indeed, the decision will eventually mean that huge numbers of undocumented young people, students, and workers—who came forward, were vetted, and applied for a temporary work permit—may (unless Congress acts) see that grant stripped…

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Should We Believe Assurances That ICE Won’t Arrest Undocumented Immigrants Fleeing Hurricane Harvey?

Should We Believe Assurances That ICE Won’t Arrest Undocumented Immigrants Fleeing Hurricane Harvey?

Commentators have been understandably worried for non-citizens battling flooding and other problems caused by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the coast of Texas on August 25, 2017. Not only is their basic safety at risk, but there’s the matter of the new immigration enforcement priorities under the Trump administration. This really means no priorities at all, but an environment in which anyone who encounters Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP), regardless of their close ties to…

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